Bathroom tile, both on your floor and in your shower area, is a stylish and aesthetically pleasing feature that many homeowners choose, as it has minimal upkeep and stands the test of time. But, you know what doesn’t stand the test of time? Grout. This is one of the biggest downsides of tile — if it’s not given a little attention from time to time, it gets dingy and dirty and looks awful!
Don’t be the house on the block who has a beautiful bathroom with great tile and gross grout — this is the fastest way to get yourself uninvited from years of neighborhood barbeques! Combat your grimy grout with a tile grout cleaning from Crystal Clean Carpet Care! Below are some tips and tricks that will help you in between your routine grout and tile cleanings!
How to Keep Your Grout Looking Like New
Grout. It doesn’t even seem like a happy word! The white substance doesn’t do you any favors and shows every piece of dirt and grime. It’s porous and stains just if you stare at it, and parades every blemish. Grout, it taunts you!
To keep your grout bright white follow the steps below.
Step 1: Do a little preventative maintenance.
Keep your grout clean by spraying it with a vinegar solution a couple times a week after you shower. Mix one part water to one part vinegar (1:1 solution) to combat and keep your grout looking fresh.
Step 2: Add a little elbow grease.
Cleaning grout is one of those jobs that needs a small brush (an old toothbrush works quite well) and some elbow grease. You can spray the tile with your vinegar solution or just use warm water, and as Mr. Miyagi instructed, wax on and wax off — or just use small circular motions!
Step 3: Get in between the lines.
If you have heavily stained grout you can use vinegar and baking soda for the power cleaning duo! Make a paste with the baking soda and water and then spray the vinegar solution on top. After the grout has stopped foaming, scrub with the toothbrush and rinse with warm water.
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If the vinegar, baking soda, and elbow grease aren’t quite cutting it, call in the big guns.
Use hydrogen peroxide to clean grout. You can apply it as a spray or with a cotton ball, and it mixes well with baking soda.
For the grimiest of grime grout, use bleach. Make sure your bathroom is well-ventilated and use a pre-made bleach spray or mix one yourself. Spray the bleach on and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. You can add a little scrubbing action or rinse with warm water depending on how badly soiled it is.
Don’t let grout taunt you anymore, and keep it clean, white, and bright for all the neighbors to envy. Be preventative by making a vinegar spray and to work by scrubbing it with vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, or bleach.